Get to know the Jobs Open Data Challenge finalists: Pikhaya Smart Streets
Pikhaya Smart Streets is a great tool helping independent businesses - find out more about them and their product from our Q&A session below.
Richard and Gavin, pictured, attended and pitched at the recent Jobs Open Data Challenge Creation Weekend in Manchester.
What is your product?
Pikhaya Smart Streets is tool to attract small, independent businesses to discover commercial opportunities in deprived urban centres.
Toby Dacre is Whythawk's Technical Leader. He is a core CKAN developer, having contributed to the world's leading open data software platform since version 1. He has over 15 years of experience working on databases and has led teams which have developed multiple web applications. He has worked for global organisations like Amnesty International and Google, and was a key member of the software team delivering data.gov.
Richard Atkinson is Whythawk’s Project Manager. He is an experienced leader who has built new ventures in the science and engineering fields. Richard spent his early career at Ford in the UK and Germany before founding Second Mile, a network of entrepreneurs, which created a number of successful businesses. Richard holds an MBA from IESE business school in Spain. He brings operational and financial expertise to Whythawk.
Rory Morrison is Whythawk’s User Interface Designer. He is an experienced web designer, developing creative materials for print and screen, as well as user interfaces for content management systems. Rory holds a degree in design from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside.
This increased the cost of business opportunity discovery, disadvantaging small businesses and leading to greater business failure.
When Gavin moved to the UK, the Portas Review presented a view on the decline of urban centres in mid-tier UK cities.
Gavin's 15 years of experience in small business development is proof that with appropriate information, and well-structured guidance, business development can be done very efficiently.
The growing enthusiasm and support for open data in the UK means that the data that was a limiting factor for Gavin's services in South Africa, are now an enabler in the UK.
The combination of Whythawk's skill and experience in small business consulting, and in open data, makes this the perfect opportunity.
A list of potential and example data includes:
Post code data: draft version of open addresses
Retail location files
Regional Household Income
Household income and expenditure
Number of households
Regional consumer price levels
Cost of living
Living costs and food survey
Business rates, including business name, rateable value, postal address, business type, and whether the premises are occupied
Planning applications, Lambeth and Leeds have examples of this.
By surfacing latent business opportunities in deprived urban centres, Pikhaya Smart Streets will attract small businesses to return and bring life - and jobs - to these areas.